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    Lawrence Sklar (1993). Physics and Chance: Philosophical Issues in the Foundations of Statistical Mechanics. Cambridge University Press.
    Statistical mechanics is one of the crucial fundamental theories of physics, and in his new book Lawrence Sklar, one of the pre-eminent philosophers of physics, offers a comprehensive, non-technical introduction to that theory and to attempts to understand its foundational elements. Among the topics treated in detail are: probability and statistical explanation, the basic issues in both equilibrium and non-equilibrium statistical mechanics, the role of cosmology, the reduction of thermodynamics to statistical mechanics, and the alleged foundation of the very notion (...)
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    Lawrence Sklar (1974). Space, Time and Spacetime. University of California Press.
    In this book, Lawrence Sklar demonstrates the interdependence of science and philosophy by examining a number of crucial problems on the nature of space and ...
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  3. Tim Maudlin & Lawrence Sklar (1994). Quantum Non-Locality and Relativity: Aristotelian Society Series. British Journal for the Philosophy of Science 45 (3):933-934.
     
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  4. Lawrence Sklar (2003). Dappled Theories in a Uniform World. Philosophy of Science 70 (2):424-441.
    It has been argued, most trenchantly by Nancy Cartwright, that the diversity of the concepts and regularities we actually use to describe nature and predict and explain its behavior leaves us with no reason to believe that our foundational physical theories actually "apply" outside of delicately contrived systems within the laboratory. This paper argues that, diversity of method notwithstanding, there is indeed good reason to think that the foundational laws of physics are universal in their scope.
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    Lawrence Sklar (1985). Philosophy and Spacetime Physics. University of California Press.
    Twelve essays explore the philosophy of science in general and the physical sciences in particular A common theme unites all twelve essays: In discussing the ...
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    Lawrence Sklar (2000). Theory and Truth: Philosophical Critique Within Foundational Science. Oxford University Press.
    Skeptics have cast doubt on the idea that scientific theories give us a true picture of an objective world. Lawrence Sklar examines three kinds of skeptical arguments about scientific truth, and explores the important role they play within foundational science itself. Sklar demonstrates that these kinds of philosophical critique are employed within science, and reveals the clear difference between how they operate in a scientific context and more abstract philosophical contexts. The underlying theme of Theory and Truth is that science (...)
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    Lawrence Sklar (1975). Methodological Conservatism. Philosophical Review 84 (3):374-400.
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  8. Lawrence Sklar (1967). Types of Inter-Theoretic Reduction. British Journal for the Philosophy of Science 18 (2):109-124.
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  9. Lawrence Sklar (1999). The Reduction(?) Of Thermodynamics to Statistical Mechanics. Philosophical Studies 95 (1-2):187 - 202.
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    Lawrence Sklar (1992). Philosophy of Physics. Westview Press.
    The study of the physical world had its origins in philosophy, and, two-and-one-half millennia later, the scientific advances of the twentieth century are bringing the two fields closer together again. So argues Lawrence Sklar in this brilliant new text on the philosophy of physics.Aimed at students of both disciplines, Philosophy of Physics is a broad overview of the problems of contemporary philosophy of physics that readers of all levels of sophistication should find accessible and engaging. Professor Sklar’s talent for clarity (...)
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  11. Lawrence Sklar (1987). KG Denbigh and JS Denbigh, Entropy in Relation to Incomplete Knowledge Reviewed By. Philosophy in Review 7 (2):54-55.
     
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  12. Lawrence Sklar (2008). Philosophy of Statistical Mechanics. Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy.
  13. Lawrence Sklar (1973). Unfair to Frequencies. Journal of Philosophy 70 (2):41-52.
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    Stephen H. Kellert & Lawrence Sklar (1997). In the Wake of Chaos: Unpredictable Order in Dynamical Systems. Philosophy of Science 64 (1):181.
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    Lawrence Sklar (1973). Statistical Explanation and Ergodic Theory. Philosophy of Science 40 (2):194-212.
    Some philosphers of science of an empiricist and pragmatist bent have proposed models of statistical explanation, but have then become sceptical of the adequacy of these models. It is argued that general considerations concerning the purpose of function of explanation in science which are usually appealed to by such philosophers show that their scepticism is not well taken; for such considerations provide much the same rationale for the search for statistical explanations, as these philosophers have characterized them, as they do (...)
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  16. Lawrence Sklar (1967). The Falsifiability of Geometric Theories. Journal of Philosophy 64 (8):247-253.
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  17. Lawrence Sklar (2004). Spacetime and Conventionalism. Philosophy of Science 71 (5):950-959.
    Salmon, following Reichenbach and others, maintained that distant simultaneity was conventional in a special relativistic world in a way in which this was not so in prerelativistic spacetime. This paper surveys and criticizes a number of proposals to unpack this claim. It goes on to argue that if the claim has validity, it rests upon differing facts about epistemic accessibility of temporal relations in the different spacetimes, and not directly upon any facts about differing causal structures in these worlds.
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  18. Lawrence Sklar (1981). Do Unborn Hypotheses Have Rights? Pacific Philosophical Quarterly 62 (1):17.
     
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  19. Lawrence Sklar (1990). How Free Are Initial Conditions? PSA: Proceedings of the Biennial Meeting of the Philosophy of Science Association 1990:551 - 564.
    Those who think of some aspects of the world as "physically necessary" usually think of this kind of necessity as being confined to the general law of nature, initial conditions being "contingent." Tachyon theory and general relativity provide independent but related reasons for thinking that some initial states are, however, "impossible." And statistical mechanics seems to lead us to conclude that some initial conditions are, if not impossible, "highly improbable." We are then, led from these aspects of physics to wonder (...)
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    Lawrence Sklar (2010). I'd Love to Be a Naturalist—If Only I Knew What Naturalism Was. Philosophy of Science 77 (5):1121-1137.
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    Lawrence Sklar (1970). Is Probability a Dispositional Property? Journal of Philosophy 67 (11):355-366.
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    Lawrence Sklar (2004). Spacetime and Conventionalism. Philosophy of Science 71 (5):950-959.
    A suggestion is made as to the core of the allegation of Salmon and others that simultaneity is non-conventional in Newtonian spacetime but conventional in Minkowski spacetime.
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    Lawrence Sklar (1981). Up and Down, Left and Right, Past and Future. Noûs 15 (2):111-129.
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    Lawrence Sklar (1977). What Might Be Right About the Causal Theory of Time. Synthese 35 (2):155 - 171.
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    Lawrence Sklar (1974). The Matter of Chance. [REVIEW] Journal of Philosophy 71 (13):418-423.
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  26. Lawrence Sklar (1981). Time, Reality, and Relativity. In R. Healey (ed.), Reduction, Time, and Relativity. Cambridge Up
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    Lawrence Sklar (1982). Saving the Noumena. Philosophical Topics 13 (1):89-110.
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    Lawrence Sklar (1990). The Concept of Physical Law by Norman Swartz. Journal of Philosophy 87 (8):432-435.
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  29. Lawrence Sklar (1995). Physics and Chance. British Journal for the Philosophy of Science 46 (1):145-149.
    Statistical mechanics is one of the crucial fundamental theories of physics, and in his new book Lawrence Sklar, one of the pre-eminent philosophers of physics, offers a comprehensive, non-technical introduction to that theory and to attempts to understand its foundational elements. Among the topics treated in detail are: probability and statistical explanation, the basic issues in both equilibrium and non-equilibrium statistical mechanics, the role of cosmology, the reduction of thermodynamics to statistical mechanics, and the alleged foundation of the very notion (...)
     
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    Lawrence Sklar (1972). Absolute Space and the Metaphysics of Theories. Noûs 6 (4):289-309.
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    Lawrence Sklar (1999). The Content of Science, the Methodology of Science and Hempel's Models of Explanation and Confirmation. Philosophical Studies 94 (1-2):21-34.
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    Lawrence Sklar (1979). Probability as a Theoretical Concept. Synthese 40 (3):409 - 414.
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    Lawrence Sklar (1968). Completeness in Science. [REVIEW] Journal of Philosophy 65 (6):179-183.
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    Lawrence Sklar (1977). Philosophical Problems of Space and Time. [REVIEW] Journal of Philosophy 74 (8):494-500.
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    Lawrence Sklar (1974). Incongruous Counterparts, Intrinsic Features and the Substantiviality of Space. Journal of Philosophy 71 (9):277-290.
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    Lawrence Sklar (1986). The Elusive Object of Desire: In Pursuit of the Kinetic Equations and the Second Law. PSA: Proceedings of the Biennial Meeting of the Philosophy of Science Association 1986:209 - 225.
    Despite over one-hundred years of effort, the origin of temporal asymmetry in the physical world still eludes us. While much has been learned about the role played by fundamental instabilities in microdynamics, by the imperfect isolation of systems and by cosmological facts in the origin of the behavior described by kinetic theory and thermodynamics, important puzzles still remain which continue to make the origins of asymmetric thermal behavior out of dynamically time symmetric underlying laws mysterious to us.
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    Lawrence Sklar (2000). Topology Versus Measure in Statistical Mechanics. The Monist 83 (2):258-273.
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  38. Lawrence Sklar (2002). Theory and Truth: Philosophical Critique Within Foundation Science. Oxford University Press Uk.
    Lawrence Sklar examines three kinds of philosophical scepticism about truth in science, and reveals the important role that they play within foundational science itself, especially physics. Theory and Truth shows that one cannot understand the methods of science except by understanding philosophy, and one cannot fruitfully pursue philosophy of science without understanding foundational science as well.
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    Lawrence Sklar (1984). Comments on H. Field's "Can We Dispense with Space-Time?". PSA: Proceedings of the Biennial Meeting of the Philosophy of Science Association 1984:101 - 105.
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    Lawrence Sklar (1974). Thermodynamics, Statistical Mechanics and the Complexity of Reductions. PSA: Proceedings of the Biennial Meeting of the Philosophy of Science Association 1974:15 - 32.
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    Lawrence Sklar (2002). Physics, Metaphysics, and Method in Newton's Dynamics. In Richard M. Gale (ed.), The Blackwell Guide to Metaphysics. Blackwell Publishers 1.
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    Lawrence Sklar, Varieties of Explanatory Autonomy.
    This is the text of a talk given at the Robert and Sarah Boote Conference in Reductionism and Anti-Reductionism in Physics, 22-23 April, 2006, Center for Philosophy of Science University of Pittsburgh.
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    Lawrence Sklar (2001). Naturalism and the Interpretation of Theories. Proceedings and Addresses of the American Philosophical Association 75 (2):43 - 58.
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    Lawrence Sklar (1976). Inertia, Gravitation and Metaphysics. Philosophy of Science 43 (1):1-23.
    Several variant "Newtonian" theories of inertia and gravitation are described, and their scientific usefulness discussed. An examination of these theories is used to throw light on traditional epistemological and metaphysical questions about space and time. Finally these results are examined in the light of the changes induced by the transition from "Newtonian" to general relativistic spacetime.
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    Lawrence Sklar (1996). Quantum Mechanics and Experience. Philosophy and Phenomenological Research 56 (4):973-975.
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    Lawrence Sklar (1998). The Language of Nature is Mathematics—but Which Mathematics? And What Nature? Proceedings of the Aristotelian Society 98 (3):241–261.
    In theoretical physics the physical states of systems are represented by components of mathematical structures. This paper explores three ways in which the representation of states by mathematics can give rise to foundational problems, sometimes on the side of the mathematics and sometimes on the side of understanding what the physical states are that the mathematics represents, that is on the side of interpreting the theory. Examples are given from classical mechanics, quantum mechanics and statistical mechanics.
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    Lawrence Sklar (2001). What Is an Isolated System? The Proceedings of the Twentieth World Congress of Philosophy 2001:51-57.
    In this paper, I want to focus attention on ways in which the role of idealization in science has been rather neglected by standard methodology, and suggest that this distinct role for idealization is the truly important role it plays in science. Further, I suggest that there are a number of important cases in theoretical science where the issue of idealization is not the issue of misrepresentation in some sense. Rather, the question is which of several alternative idealizations correctly represents (...)
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    Lawrence Sklar (2014). Tim Maudlin,Philosophy of Physics: Space and Time. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press , Xiv+183 Pp., $29.95. [REVIEW] Philosophy of Science 81 (2):288-292.
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    Lawrence Sklar & Mark Kaplan (1976). Rationality and Truth. Philosophical Studies 30 (3):197 - 201.
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    Daniel C. Dennett, Brian Skyrms & Lawrence Sklar, -2001.
    Paul Valéry1 Valéry’s “Variation sur Descartes” excellently evokes the vanishing act that has haunted philosophy ever since Darwin overturned the Cartesian tradition. If my body is composed of nothing but a team of a few trillion robotic cells, mindlessly interacting to produce all the large-scale patterns that tradition would attribute to the nonmechanical workings of my mind, there seems to be nothing left over to be me. Lurking in Darwin’s shadow there is a bugbear: the incredible Disappearing Self.2 One of (...)
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